California Estate Planning
and Small Business Legal Services

If you're looking for support in using the law to protect you, your loved ones, and/or protect and grow your small business, then you've come to the right place. I'm Debra Garcia, California Estate Planning attorney and counselor-at-law based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I serve individuals, couples, families, and small business owners across California. Schedule a phone consultation using my Contact page or call me at (510) 495-0445. I look forward to connecting with you.


California Estate Planning

California Estate Planning is a process to help you ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death, and also during life in the event you become temporarily or permanently incapacitated. The right planning can also minimize taxes, legal fees, court costs, and lengthy and complicated court procedures that can keep your loved ones (and your assets) tied up in probate court for a very long time.

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones, and to ensure that your wishes are carried out, is to create a plan while you are able. A well-designed and well-thought-out plan will keep you and your loved ones out of court and out of conflict.

If you don’t have a plan in place, the State of California will impose its plan on you, and it's most likely not what you would choose for yourself.

Parts of a basic California Estate Plan can include: 

  • a Will (aka Last Will and Testament), 
  • a Trust (often called a Living Trust or a Revocable Living Trust (RLT)), 
  • a Durable Power of Attorney (for your finances),
  • an Advance Health Care Directive (this is the California directive that now combines a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care).

Guardianships and conservatorships can also be addressed in your plan.

Visit my California Estate Planning page to learn more.

Life Planning and Protection

The term “Estate Planning” can be misleading. Some people don’t think they have an "estate" that's worth the trouble of planning for. Or they think it’s only for "old" people, or "rich" people, or dying people, or just for someone else. I prefer to think of this area as “Life Planning and Protection.” 

Life Planning and Protection is the way to ensure that your wishes are carried out for yourself and your family and loved ones. If you’re a parent, you absolutely need to have a legal plan in place so that your wishes are carried out for your children.

(BTW Every person has an "estate," some are just larger than or different than others. And everyone 18 years of age and older needs to have a plan in place.)

If you choose to work with me to develop your estate plan, we will meet for an in-depth Legal Life Planning and Protection session; this will enable me to know what you want to achieve and also to educate and empower you to make the best decisions for yourself and your loved ones.

Contact me if you’d like to schedule a consultation to evaluate your Life Planning and Protection (Estate Planning) needs.

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Business Legal Services

If you're a solopreneur or small business owner, I’m guessing you’d rather focus on bringing your gifts, your talents, and your work into the world, and would rather not have to bother with all the legal, financial, and tax details of running a successful business. And you may not even know what all the details are! That’s where I can help.

I serve entrepreneurs across California (including life coaches, hypnotherapists, change-makers, speakers, healers, artists, webmasters, online business owners, etc.) who are working to make a positive difference in the world and in their own lives.

I support small business owners in setting up the necessary legal, financial, and tax systems and structures to protect and grow their businesses. Once you have a solid foundation in place, the majority of your time can be spent on carrying out your mission instead of getting bogged down by administrative details and paperwork.

Visit my Business Legal Services page for more info. Or contact me if you'd like to schedule a consultation to discuss your legal needs with a small business lawyer.

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Book Your Appointment Today

To better serve you, all consultations are by appointment only. Call me directly at (510) 495-0445, or use my Contact page to get in touch with me.


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